Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Hi everyone!

This little thing is coming to live with us in two weeks!

We are so excited!!! A miniature golden doodle we are naming Bodhi.....

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 13, 2015

things I like this week

1. perfect pale flats
2. cute gift wrap idea using cupcake wrappers
3. Martha's pink guest house in her Maine home
4. this tiny pink restaurant and bar in Tribeca is on our NYC restaurant bucket list
5. a pretty dahlia print on etsy
6. love these Brooklyn made bags
7. such a sweet window treatment for a little girls room
8. a rose and cardamom cocktail

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Monday, February 9, 2015

inside our cottage this week

 Hi everyone!

We are making progress. Spring feels like it is on its way with the warm sunny days we have been having this week in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Of course nightly fires are still cozy and warm. Since we are always short of actual newspapers, trader joe's bags suffice as fire starters.

Good old reliable alstroemeria is bringing some pink into the house for Valentine's.

I placed a candleholder rather awkwardly behind the angled television to give us something to look at from the breakfast table. 

I may not have mentioned it before but the French walnut breakfast table was part of designer Charles Faudree's estate that was sold through Sally Johannesson's Dovetail Antiques in Cashiers when Charles passed away in 2013. I think she said it actually had been used in his sister Francie's home.  Charles had a home here in the mountains.

We had the legs extended. It has two wonderful big drawers. Charles was a close friend of Sally and her mother. Everyone raves about what a humble and lovely man he was!

I am growing my last group of narcissus for the season. They have been so wonderful this winter.

I added some magnolia pods I found under a magnificent magnolia tree in Athens, Georgia to the little acorns from our yard.

And some eucalyptus from Trader Joe's in Atlanta when we were visiting friends and family last week for the big jar on the top of the dresser.

A pretty sunrise a few days ago from the house.

We have had this pillow for years. It seems perfect in the mountains. It is hand knit, I found it at Christine Foley's shop in The Fairmont in San Francisco when she used to sell lots of hand knit pillows and throws. It suits the dining bench.

That's it for now. We are itching to get started gardening. I have ordered seeds pods and trays and will attempt to get some seeds started in a sunny guest room window. Will try herbs first and then annuals for a cutting garden that I will have to start in April which feels like a long wait.

Bye for now...

 We enjoyed a beautiful warm winter hike on Saturday at Glen Falls.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Thomasville, Georgia

Hi everyone!

Heading home from our visit to Florida last month, we stopped for a night and visit in Thomasville, Georgia. 

Thirty miles west of Valdosta, it was a winter haven for Northerners in the late 1900's who would arrive by train. Thomasville is also known for the thousands of roses planted around town and celebrated during the annual Rose Show and Festival in April. We were there on a grey January day so no roses.

The town has a historic downtown that is being maintained beautifully with lots of nice restaurants and shops.

A cute little sidewalk library.

Love the message in the front window of The Bookshelf.

The All Saints Episcopal Church is small and charming.

Of course there are many historic homes in town as well. We never stopped the car to take any pics though. Next time.

We had a brief walking tour of Pebble Hill Plantation right before closing time. Next visit when the roses are in bloom, we will get the full tour. Pebble Hill was inherited in 1901 by the daughter of a Cleveland, Ohio industrial family. She added buildings and gardens and the result is a feminine and beautiful farm. I did not take enough photos as we were walking around. The skies were so grey that it was rather dreary. Here are a few better ones from the website of the plantation.

All photos of Pebble Hill belong to Pebble Hill Plantation.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

busy January/ Florida

Hi everyone!

I have not made time for blogging these days, it has been a busy January for us.  Ordinarily we lie low at this time of year. We were in Ohio for the holidays with family then visited more family in Florida in early January with a visit to Thomasville, Georgia on the way home. Some visits to
Atlanta, Asheville, Hendersonville, and Flat Rock, NC  in between and I just returned from a visit to NYC with a friend to see our daughter and view the Matisse cut-outs show at MoMA. Finally home before heading to Mobile Bay and New Orleans next month. We are loving rediscovering the South. 

Some Florida photos... 

We stayed in Indian Rocks Beach near family in Largo and Bellair. Indian Rocks has an Old Florida feel, quaint, with old cottages on the beach. 

Gorgeous agave at the entrance.

The building, by Yann Weymouth is great 

and so fun to see Picasso and Dali's works exhibited together as they were working at the same time and were very influenced by each other. No cameras inside the exhibit though.

Pretty view of the St. Petersburg marina from the museum.

Will share some more January travels soon....

Thanks for visiting!